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Char Siu





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Char Siu

Char Siew Chinese Roasted BBQ Pork 叉燒

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Char Siu, a fragrant and delicious Chinese Barbequed Pork is a big favourite in Cantonese cuisine. Often using pork shoulder, it is marinated is homemade Char Siu sauce for hours before cooking it over the barbecue pit. Instead of pork, also use chicken to make Char Siu Chicken!

Chinese barbecued meat is one of the most delicious meat I have ever tasted. For me, the best part of the meat is the edges that are slightly charred during the roasting process. It makes the meat more fragrant. 'Char Siu' or barbecued pork is commonly sold in Malaysia. One can have the meat as it is or together with noodles or rice. As the meat roasts in the oven, the honey mixture is absorbed into the meat, thus creating a sweet and savoury layer coating the meat. This makes the 'char siu' lips smacking good! Have this dish with some pickled chillies or chilli garam if you need a spicy dip. For this recipe, I used the oven but it would best if you barbecued this over a charcoal fire. The smoky flavour from the charcoal would add so much more fragrance to the dish!

  Gegrilltes BBQ-Schweinefleisch nach chinesischer Art ist auch auf deutsch verfügbar.

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  • 170 grams pork


  • 1 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 0.5 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 0.5 teaspoons five spice powder
  • 1 teaspoons rose wine
  • 1 teaspoons dark soy sauce
  • 1 garlic clove(s)
  • 1 cubes red tofu (fermented)

Steps to Prepare

  1. Add ingredients (B) except garlic and fermented tofu into a pan and let it cook at low heat until sauce thickens. Then, add fermented tofu and crushed garlic to the marinade. Mix well.
  2. Lightly poke the pork shoulder using a fork. Place pork in a bowl or a zip lock bag and add the marinade. Make sure that the pork is well coated. Leave pork to marinate overnight.
  3. Preheat oven to 220 degrees Celsius. Place marinated pork on a tray and cover the tray with a piece of aluminium foil. Remove the aluminium foil after 15 minutes and glaze the pork with excess marinade.
  4. Increase heat to 250 degrees Celsius and let the pork cook for another 15 minutes. Further glaze the pork and lastly, let it cook in the oven for another 5 to 10 minutes and cut Char Siu into slices to enjoy!

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Delicious Char Siu Chicken!Fantastic taste, just some minor adjustment on the ingredients to add some sweetness to the meat, and the result is truly impressive.Follow the instructions.  On Char Siu.  Grace is very clear on it. You should be able to get the result .  Just try.Grace 's  direction is clear and her ingredients used are easy to locate.  my 2nd try out. happy with result. cheers

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